What an outstanding year! We can’t believe it’s almost time for a new one!
Thank you for being part of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee community in 2022. From a new Girl Scout Cookie to new programs, this year was full of adventure! As we prepare for what’s next, let’s reflect on a few highlights…
- The inaugural Thin Mint Sprint! Cold temperatures didn’t stop Girl Scouts from starting the year with energy! Our first-ever 5K and Fun Run event was a spectacular January day at Camp Sycamore Hills, where over 250 people crossed the finish line. Better start doing your stretches now– the 2023 Thin Mint Sprint is set for January 28!
- Cookie Season- It’s inevitable that every Cookie Season presents its own unique ups and downs. And this certainly proved true in 2022, as troops navigated global supply chain issues and shortages. But Girl Scouts never run from a challenge– they get creative. Troops learned what it means to run a business when they have to adjust their plans. They learned that sometimes we have to shift our goals, but that doesn’t mean we have failed. Their resilience reflects a new level of success, and we couldn’t be prouder.
- With over 1,000 troops (about 8,200 Girl Scouts!) participating in this year’s Cookie Sale, local Girl Scouts sold 1.6 million boxes of cookies!
- The 2023 Cookie Season officially begins on December 19, when Girl Scouts will begin taking orders! Booth Sales start February 5!
- Girl Scout Summit- As we returned to more in-person programs and events this year, we were ecstatic to present the first in-person Girl Scout Summit! Our programs team prepared a day full of activities– hands-on STEAM experiments, archery, a college/career panel, and a talk from GSMIDTN CEO and President Agenia Clark! And next year’s Summit will be even better, with resourceful programs for volunteers as well.
- Honors Day – It’s our honor to recognize the incredible work that Girl Scouts and volunteers put in, earning honors and Highest Awards. This year, over 350 Girl Scouts received the Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award, and more than 200 reached Stellar Seller status. Our Honors Day ceremony featured a Gold Award exhibit and reception, a photo booth, and mini programs.
- Camp– There’s no place like camp! This proves to be true every single year. Thousands of campers had fun-filled weeks at Camps Holloway and Sycamore Hills, while regional day-camps were also in full swing! With horseback riding, making s’mores, tie-dying T-shirts, rock wall-climbing, and so much more, campers chose their own adventures and made lots of new friends! Have you looked through the 2023 Summer Camp Guide yet?! Registration begins January 9!
- Fall Product- It may seem like we say “This was the best season yet!” every single year…and that’s because it’s always true! Each year, Girl Scouts set higher goals and then surpass them. Over 500. troops participated in this year’s Fall Product Season, and 237 of those troops sold over $1,500 dollars!
- Council Quests- Last year we established our new Council Quest series, and this year we saw it in action! Focusing on important, relevant topics, Council Quests are in-depth programs similar to Journeys. This year’s council-led program was all about mental health, tailored to each Girl Scout level. Troops learned how to:
- identify and express their emotions in a healthy way
- understand the difference between empathy and sympathy
- accept that all emotions are valid + figure out ways to handle stressful ones
- handle conflict effectively
- believe in themselves and know their worth